Fences only sometimes require a building permit.
Do I need a permit to put up my fence?
You will need a permit if:
- You construct a brick front fence more than 1.2m high and not within
9m of a street corner
- You construct a side or boundary fence more than 2m high
- You construct a fence that is more than 1m high, within 9m of the point
of intersection of a street corner
You will not need a permit if:
- You construct a side or boundary fence less than 2m high and not
within 3m of a street alignment
- You construct a timber front fence less than 1.5m
- You construct a chain wire tennis court fence
If you are unsure, please contact Council.
What is the maximum height I can build my front fence?
The maximum height you can build your front fence depends on the type of street in which you live. If your property is on a main road the maximum fence height is 2m. If your property is on a normal residential street, court, etc., the maximum height is 1.5m.
I'm having a problem with my neighbour and our boundary fence. What can Council do to help?
Unfortunately, fencing disputes are a civil matter and we are not able to help either party. You can contact the Dispute Settlement Centre on 02 9603 8370 or visit their website for more information. Under the Fences Act 1968 the property owner and the neighbour are equally responsible for any dividing fence.
Find more information using this fact sheet.(PDF, 246KB)